Around the League: NFL News & Notes 2.25.19
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New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Officially Charged
ESPN has reported New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft has been officially charged with two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation as announced by Palm Beach State Attorney Dave Aronberg. If convicted, Kraft is facing one year in jail, a $5,000 fine, 100 hours of community service and attendance in human trafficking dangers class. A spokesperson for Kraft has said they "categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity."
A new NFL statement on #Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s allegations of soliciting prostitution says the league is seeking “a full understanding of the facts” while not interfering with an ongoing investigation. Here it is in full: pic.twitter.com/8x1XMgen6T— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 25, 2019
Oakland Raiders Reach Agreement to Stay in Oakland
The Oakland Raiders have reached an agreement to play the upcoming NFL season at The Coliseum in Oakland, per sources from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Raiders' Las Vegas stadium isn't ready which left the team in a bit of limbo heading into the new season. But it appears the Raiders will once again call Oakland home.
Baltimore Ravens Release Michael Crabtree
The Baltimore Ravens will be looking to upgrade their WR corps as Michael Crabtree was released, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. The former starting WR was set to make $7 million next season, including a $2 million bonus next month. However, the Ravens will undoubtedly look to go younger at wideout during the NFL Draft and free agency. Crabtree has shown to be a serviceable player in the league but his days of being a feature wideout are likely behind him.
We good! Let’s get it!— Michael Crabtree (@KingCrab15) February 25, 2019
Cleveland Browns Re-Sign Greg Robinson
After a productive 2018 campaign, Greg Robinson has re-signed with the Cleveland Browns per Schwartz & Feinsod. Robinson, the former No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, emerged as a starter for the Browns during the second half the season last year. Robinson had struggled mightily before his year as a Brown but the team saw enough to bring him back.
Former first-round pick Trent Richardson rushed for 46 yards on 17 carries and scored three touchdowns in the Birmingham Iron's 28-12 win against the Atlanta Legends. That makes six touchdowns in three games for the former Alabama Crimson Tide star. Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Jim Zorn was announced as the head coach and general manager of Seattle's XFL franchise. Memphis Express head coach Mike Singletary announced Zach Mettenberger will take over as the team's starting quarterback, replacing the struggling Christian Hackenberg.
Now in at QB: Zach Mettenberger pic.twitter.com/3ngZHwbLGw— Memphis Express (@aafexpress) February 24, 2019